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BA (Hons) 3D Creative Practice

Subject Area
Art & Design
Start Date
September 2021
Study Mode
Full-time or part-time
Duration
3 Years full-time or 6 years part-time
Fee
£7,200 full-time/£3,600 part-time per year
Entry Requirements
32 UCAS Tariff points or relevant experience
Validating partner
The Open University

Explore your creativity and refine your technical skills with this practical studio-based course. This degree will allow you to get hands-on and delve into a range of creative practices and techniques, such as textiles, wood and metal work, fine metal and jewellery, ceramics and 3D making. On this course you can choose to specialise in a particular creative practice or sit between disciplines, both of which we encourage and support. The course is broad with an emphasis on experimentation, and promotes combining of materials and processes to create innovative ideas and outcomes.

Your studies will be underpinned by historical, cultural and theoretical research, as well as gaining a working understanding of the implications of making in contemporary contexts. The course tutors have many industry links and the course offers opportunities to engage in work placements and live projects in collaboration with regional and national organisations, including businesses, galleries and schools. The work of our students is featured in external exhibitions each year, providing graduates with a unique experience; often leading to exciting opportunities.

UCAS Code: W700

UCAS Institution Code: Y70

Modules

The modules are broken down in three types:

Studio Practice 1-6:
Ideas, making and materials; leading you to create your own 3D Design or Studio Practice.

Contextual Studies1-3:
Critical, historical and theoretical learning that informs your making and thinking.

Professionalism 1-3:
Industry, business and professional experience that supports you to direct your own progression.

Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Contextual Influence Advanced Professional Development Dissertation
Experimental 3D Practice Audience Engagement Studio Practice 5
Foundations of 3D Practice Contextual Integration Consolidated Professional Development
Introduction to Professional Development Ideology into Practice

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course are 32 UCAS tariff points, a Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject or A Levels. Significant relevant prior learning and experience will also be considered. You might be asked to submit a portfolio of work to support your application.

On receipt of your application, you will be asked to provide a portfolio that demonstrates your ideas and abilities creatively. This may showcase work you have done at school or college, alternatively this may capture independently devised projects. You will then be invited for interview in which you are able to discuss the course and ask any questions you may have.

Additional costs

You will need to ensure you have the correct PPE to use the workshops, while we do provide this you may want to purchase your own.

Your next steps

This course is designed to be diagnostic and responsive to learners’ goals. We aim to help learners realise their professional ambitions as well as artistic ones. This may be helping you to set up your own business or helping you to access a career in the creative industries such as a craftsperson, community art worker, designer, crafts educator, curatorship or administration. We will teach you the skills required to become a professional in your chosen field. Some students choose to go into postgraduate study, but several of our recent students have gone straight into work with local design companies and many of our former students maintain a strong relationship with the department, meaning there are opportunities for work experience and guest speakers.

This course is designed to be diagnostic and responsive to learners’ goals. We aim to help learners realise their professional ambitions as well as artistic ones. This may be helping you to set up your own business or helping you to access a career in the creative industries such as a craftsperson, community art worker, designer, crafts educator, curatorship or administration. We will teach you the skills required to become a professional in your chosen field. Some students choose to go into postgraduate study, but several of our recent students have gone straight into work with local design companies and many of our former students maintain a strong relationship with the department, meaning there are opportunities for work experience and guest speakers.

Method of delivery

This studio and workshop-based course provides the opportunity to learn through experience. The programme is broad and offers the opportunity to work in art, craft, design-based areas. In encouraging experimentation, the course celebrates combining materials and processes to create innovative ideas and outcomes.

You will experience new challenges and explore new concepts. Through learning processes and working with a wide range material you will develop a broad skill base. You will be helped to apply these to your own projects, which will give you a distinct and professional body of work that enables you to become a creative professional.

The full-time course is delivered face-to-face over three days a week, timetabled between Monday and Thursday. The part-time route is delivered 1.5 days per week, timetables between Monday and Thursday.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are measured against learning outcomes and while these must be achieved we offer as much flexibility as possible to learners to complete these objectives; we celebrate diverse and innovative approaches to evidencing learning. Studio Practice modules are generally assessed through a combination of sketchbooks, portfolios and physical outcomes. Contextual studies modules are assessed through the use of presentation and/or written tasks. The Professionalism module leads you to create a range of resources that may include: promotion material, Business Plan, website, case studies, a portfolio, as well as completing live projects, written tasks and presentations.

Skills you will learn

The course provides for the development of technical skills in the workshops, but also for the development of a wide range of transferable skills such as Critical and Strategic Thinking, Time and Project Management, Literary and Research Skills, Information Management, Presentation, Promotion and Marketing and Process Materials. The course is intended to enable students to make informed choices based on sound information and critical judgement. Students are encouraged to express their ideas and to develop analytical ability through lectures, seminar, tutorials, discussions and gallery visits. Students gain understanding of their work in historical, current and professional contexts as well in relation to current debate.

Throughout the degree, students will develop skills in; critical and strategic thinking, production and resolution, creativity and design, time management, library and research skills, information management, presentation skills, promotional skills, marketing for self-employment, business acumen and project management.

Vicky case study close up of her jewellery making

I chose York College University Centre as it is local, convenient and has fantastic course facilities and offers a course that I am interested in. It’s a time for me where I can concentrate solely on art and although I don’t have any particular career goals at the moment, I anticipate this may change further down the line. I am in currently in year two of my six-year part-time degree and am purely doing it for my own enjoyment. The workshops offer endless possibilities, and the supportive and accessible teaching staff have a ‘can do’ attitude offering no obstacles.

Victoria
BA (Hons) 3D Design & Creative Practice
Course leaders and tutors:
Lecturer: Charlie Barnes

MA Fine Art, BA (Hons) Contemporary Art, PGCE

Charlie has been teaching in Further and Higher education for the last 6 years. She has a wealth of experience teaching and lecturing across Art, Design and Craft. She a practicing artist with background in sculpture and installation, she has exhibited her work both locally and nationally. In creating public event and exhibitions she has gained professional skills, in project management, funding bids, curation and marketing. Charlie promotes a community of learning across the degree and fosters a learner centred approach to student attainment.

Lecturer: Phil Simpson

BA (Hons) in Jewellery Silversmithing and Related Design, PGCE, has been teaching Art and Design for the past 15 years.

Before teaching Phil worked in industry as a designer and maker. Here he gained many professional skills and was commission to work with high profile clients including; Harrods and Royal Daulton, Wedgewood to name a few. He has a breadth of technical knowledge in wood, metal and fine metals with high levels of expertise as a silversmith. Phil cares about good design and is generous with his knowledge in helping learners to foster their own professionalism.

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